Additional irrigated acres granted in area counties

Lower Loup Natural Resources District has awarded 2,367 new irrigated acres for 2020.  The above map shows the number of applications approved and the total number of acres granted for each county.

Applications for a total of 2,367.34 new irrigated acres in the North Loup River, Middle Loup and Beaver Creek Sub-Basins have been approved by the Lower Loup Natural Resources District Board of Directors.
NRD General Manager Russell Callan said there were 50 applications for new irrigation, including 19 in the North Loup River Basin, 16 in the Middle Loup River Basin and 15 in the Beaver Creek Basin. Total irrigated acres requested in the combined basins was 3,092.61 acres, Callan said. The average application for the new irrigation development requested 61.67 acres and the average application ranking was 276.26 points.
Special consideration was given to applications for fields in an area of rising groundwater in southern Loup, northeastern Custer, and Valley counties.
At their meeting Oct. 24, the Lower Loup NRD Board of Directors unanimously approved a recommendation from the LLNRD Water Resources Committee to approve applications for new irrigated acres.  Letters of approval or denial have been mailed out to all applicants.
LLNRD Assistant Manager Tylr Naprstek said applications for new irrigation were ranked using criteria approved by the NRD board when irrigated acres had been previously granted. The criteria included the stream depletion factors, status of groundwater and surface water, the type of acres being developed, the number of acres being developed, and the soil classification.